How to use your MagSafe Charger with iPhone 13 models and iPhone 12 models

Find out how to charge your iPhone 13 model or iPhone 12 model wirelessly with your MagSafe Charger. 


Set up your MagSafe Charger

Connect the USB-C connector on your MagSafe Charger to a recommended 20 watt (W) or greater Apple USB-C power adapter or compatible third-party USB-C adapter. You can also connect to a USB-C port on a Mac or PC.

Place your MagSafe Charger face up – as shown – on a flat surface, clear of any metal objects or other foreign material.

Get up to 15 W faster wireless charging

The MagSafe Charger is designed to quickly and safely wirelessly charge your iPhone. The system intelligently adapts to conditions in order to optimise charging your iPhone at up to 15W of peak power delivery for faster wireless charging. The actual power delivered to the iPhone will vary depending on the wattage of the power adapter and system conditions. For iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 12 mini, the MagSafe Charger delivers up to 12W of peak power delivery.

It's important to plug into a power source before placing your iPhone on the MagSafe Charger. This allows MagSafe to verify that it's safe to deliver maximum power. If you happen to place your iPhone on the MagSafe Charger before plugging in to a power source, simply remove your iPhone from the MagSafe Charger, wait three seconds, and then put it back on to resume maximum power delivery.

The MagSafe Charger is designed to negotiate the max. power up to 9 volts (V) and 3 amps (A) with a USB PD-compatible power adapter. MagSafe will optimise power delivered to the iPhone dynamically. The power delivered to your iPhone at any moment will vary depending on various factors, including temperature and system activity.

All power adapters have different ratings for the amount and rate of power delivery. The MagSafe Charger requires the following ratings to deliver faster wireless charging.

Compatible power adapters for up to 15 W faster wireless charging

  • USB-C connector. USB-A is not supported
  • 9 V/2.22 A or 9 V/2.56 A and higher
  • iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 12 mini can get up to 12W for faster wireless charging with at least 9V/2.03A
  • Higher wattage adapters at or above 9V/2.56A will also deliver a maximum of up to 15W peak power to your iPhone*

When Lightning accessories such as headphones are connected, charging is limited to 7.5 W to comply with regulatory standards.

* The MagSafe Charger will also function with power adapters that provide a minimum 12 W (5 V/2.4 A) of power, but this will result in slower charging.

Find out more

  • Your MagSafe Charger is designed for faster and most efficient charging with iPhone 13 models, iPhone 12 models and Apple MagSafe accessories.
  • When charging a non-MagSafe Qi-compatible device with a MagSafe Charger, power is reduced and charge times may be slower than on a typical Qi charger. 
  • Don't place credit cards, security badges, passports or key fobs between your iPhone and MagSafe Charger because this may damage magnetic strips or RFID chips in those items. 
  • If you have a case that holds any of these sensitive items, remove them before charging or make sure they aren’t between the back of your device and the charger.
  • If your iPhone is connected to both a MagSafe Charger and power via a Lightning port, your iPhone will charge via the Lightning connector.
  • As with other wireless chargers, your iPhone or MagSafe Charger may get slightly warmer while your iPhone charges. To extend the lifespan of your battery, software may limit charging above 80 per cent if the battery gets too warm. 
  • If you keep your iPhone in a leather case while charging with your MagSafe Charger, the case may show circular imprints from compression of the leather. This is normal, but if you’re concerned about this, we suggest using a non-leather case.  
  • Find out how to clean your MagSafe Charger.
  • Find out about the magnets in MagSafe products.

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